Now one of the posters (shown at right) used by the supporters of the minaret ban has been declared “racist” by the municipal authorities of Basel.
Look at the picture and tell me what’s “racist” about it. The burqa obscures all evidence of its wearer’s race — how do we know that the figure does not represent Helena Benaouda? The assumption that all Muslims are “brown” seems to me to be an insult to all Caucasian converts to the Religion of Peace, and is itself an example of racism.
Yes, the burqa and the minarets are black. Is that what makes it racist?
Does that mean that the colors of the Swiss flag insult both Native Americans and “persons of European background”?
Here’s the full tale of PC-MC insanity, as told by Swissinfo:
Anti-Minaret Poster Ruled Racist- - - - - - - - -
Basel city authorities have banned as racist a poster which the right-wing People’s Party planned to use in its anti-minaret campaign.
The poster shows a woman in a burka and a Swiss flag pierced by minarets springing up out of the ground.
An initiative to forbid the construction of minarets in Switzerland comes to a nationwide vote on November 29.
A spokesman for the construction and traffic department of the half-canton of Basel City said the decision to ban it in publicly-owned spaces was based on a law against spreading racist ideologies or classing groups by ethnic, religious, cultural or physical characteristics.
The committee behind the anti-minaret initiative reacted angrily, describing the decision as “purely arbitrary, coming from the left,” and said it was an attack on free speech.
The chairman of the committee said they would fight the decision. He said the posters would go up on private ground and flyers would be distributed.
Meanwhile other cities are still undecided about what attitude to adopt towards this and other anti-minaret posters.
Lucerne, Zurich and Winterthur are waiting for an expert opinion of the Federal Commission against Racism before taking a decision.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni.